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(Parts of) Women in Design


This is part 1 of a 2 part series on women, design research, and taking responsibility for what we bring into the world. There have been, and will continue to be, discussions about diversity and women in design. These discussions are totally necessary given the current state of design and …

Written by on November 29, 2011 | Filed Under: Design, Social Matters | 2 Comments

On Gender, Race, Conferences and Responsibility

While 140 characters may be the perfect length for many things, a nuanced discussion of racial and/or gender politics is NOT one of them. If you Google a photo of me, you’ll see a “white guy.” My parents and I immigrated to the US from Portugal when I was 3. …

Written by on May 21, 2010 | Filed Under: Social Matters | 4 Comments

Free Food for Thought

Better information leads to better design decisions. The more you know about the audience, the context, and the opportunities (and apply this knowledge) the more likely it is that you will meet a real need and do it well, even creatively. Research can be very expensive, particularly quantitative research. For …

Written by on January 5, 2009 | Filed Under: Social Matters


I can see unicorns at play in easter-basket-grass fields surrounded by lollipop trees and marshmallow stones. (I’ll explain later.)

Written by on July 9, 2008 | Filed Under: Social Matters

A simple guide to sharing

The Beacon debate continues. In today’s NY Times Zuckerberg and Co. claim that users will learn to love Beacon once they give it time. There’s lots of mentions of “sharing” and “volunteering” of information in that article. Enough so that I thought we might need a primer. Here’s my favorite: …

Written by on November 30, 2007 | Filed Under: Social Matters

Moral Pygmy-Go-Round

“I do not believe that America’s best and brightest companies should be playing integral roles in China’s notorious and brutal political repression apparatus.” Yahoo! certainly deserves the ass kicking, but the government that granted China ‘Most Favored Nation’ status hasn’t earned the right to give it.

Written by on November 7, 2007 | Filed Under: Social Matters


…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government. It is their DUTY. Find your own reasons.

Written by on July 4, 2007 | Filed Under: Social Matters

Rotate them 90 degrees and these are STILL the End Times.

What with the recent outrage over the Supreme Court reinstating segregation and President Bush declaring that white people will no longer go to jail for anything; some of you may have missed that Apple introduced a new product. Looks shiny.

Written by on July 3, 2007 | Filed Under: Social Matters

The Web STILL hates women

Last year we spoke about the ridiculous disparity between the amount of women and men speaking at industry events. After writing that post I had the pleasure of speaking to some of the people men who organized a few of those events. Their defense was that basically, gee, they just …

Written by on February 22, 2007 | Filed Under: Social Matters | 14 Comments

Thumb Drives for Africa

Mule, along with long-time cohort Jeff Wishnie, is doing some probono work for a great organization called Inveneo. We’re currently working on a redesign of their site. Inveneo brings information and communication technology to the remote and rural third world by setting up low-wattage solar powered computers and networks with …

Written by on December 12, 2006 | Filed Under: Social Matters

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